It’s almost a month until the annual World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, the most prominent of Alaska’s indigenous games. The competition will be held from July 17–20, in Fairbanks. Traditionally, WEIO are starting on the third Wednesday of July, every year.
During these four days, players from all over Alaska will have the opportunity to test their skills, endurance, strength, and agility. Among the games that will be played is knuckle hop, four men carry, ear pull, one foot and two-foot high kick, and many others.
The entire idea behind this multi-sport event is to preserve the whole Alaskan culture, surviving skills, and tradition. The techniques that are incorporated are the ones traditionally used by Inuit, Yupik, Iñupiat, and other Natives.
Besides the whole sporting event, the dancing festival will also be held along with the annual Miss WEIO competition. The goal of the games is to promote culture from Alaska, Greenland, as well as the cultures and traditions of Native Americans, Siberians, and Canada.